this coven won’t break – isabel sterling | review

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling
Series: These Witches Don’t Burn
Published May 19th 2020 by Razorbill
Genre: young adult, fantasy, lgbt, paranormal, witches, magic

rating: ★★★★


In this gripping, romantic sequel to These Witches Don’t Burn, Hannah must work alongside her new girlfriend to take down the Hunters desperate to steal her magic.

Hannah Walsh just wants a normal life. It’s her senior year, so she should be focusing on classes, hanging out with her best friend, and flirting with her new girlfriend, Morgan. But it turns out surviving a murderous Witch Hunter doesn’t exactly qualify as a summer vacation, and now the rest of the Hunters seem more intent on destroying her magic than ever.

When Hannah learns the Hunters have gone nationwide, armed with a serum capable of taking out entire covens at once, she’s desperate to help. Now, with witches across the country losing the most important thing they have—their power—Hannah could be their best shot at finally defeating the Hunters. After all, she’s one of the only witches to escape a Hunter with her magic intact.

Or so everyone believes. Because as good as she is at faking it, doing even the smallest bit of magic leaves her in agony. The only person who can bring her comfort, who can make her power flourish, is Morgan. But Morgan’s magic is on the line, too, and if Hannah can’t figure out how to save her—and the rest of the Witches—she’ll lose everything she’s ever known. And as the Hunters get dangerously close to their final target, will all the Witches in Salem be enough to stop an enemy determined to destroy magic for good?


an element of this coven won’t break that i felt the same with book one was the platonic friendship between gemma and hannah, and by extension, with morgan. there’s no jealousy between any character. gemma supported them throughout the whole ordeal with the hunters and was unwavering with her loyalty for hannah especially after the end of book one.

the overall plot was interesting. the hunters have perfected a drug that will irreversibly cause the witches to lose their magic. it’s devastating and horrifying. seeing how these witches fought back and solve their problems was great. a main focus of this book was the usage of blood witches’ magic especially after they’ve been deemed as the “bad” in these witches don’t burn. since morgan’s a blood witch, we know that not all blood witches are bad no matter how powerful they are.

one thing i liked about the resolution for the hunter problem was more of a team effort as compared to hannah being the chosen one to solve everything. witches with different powers and skills banded together to save their coven. also, most of the time hannah’s pretty powerless and often depended on others for strength. though it can be frustrating to see her powerless, it showed the amount of support she’s receiving from others. there’s a reason to hannah’s inability to invoke her magic, which caused her pain, unless she’s with morgan. at the same time, hannah is struggling with PTSD and her grief over her father’s death.

there were no unnecessary villainization of veronica, the ex-girlfriend, and no love triangles. the characters have individual growth. best person award goes to archer. he’s good at what he does and making sure everyone’s safe. he’s always supportive and believes in hannah even when hannah has no faith in herself. his decision at the end, though heartbreaking, showed how much of a wonderful person he is. it’s a satisfying conclusion that touched on many aspects of the magic system and the different types of witches.

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